Preventative Dentistry


Lighthouse Dental Practice
19 Clarendon Road,
Southsea, PO5 2ED

02392 822740

Opening Times
Monday to Friday – 8.30am–1.00pm – 2.00pm-5.00pm

Lighthouse Dental Practice

Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is an essential aspect of dental care that focuses on the prevention, rather than the treatment, of dental problems. Preventive dentistry involves regular dental checkups, professional cleanings, and at-home oral care, such as brushing and flossing. By prioritizing preventive dentistry, individuals can safeguard their oral health and reduce their risk of developing gum disease.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a severe condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria that lead to inflammation and infection. To prevent gum disease, regular checkups and cleanings with a dentist are essential as they can detect early signs of gum disease and provide treatments to prevent further progression. In addition to regular professional cleanings, good oral hygiene practices such as daily brushing and flossing can also help prevent the development of gum disease. Taking preventive measures to protect your oral health can ultimately save you from the pain and discomfort of gum disease and the costs of more extensive dental treatments in the future.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and bruxism

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and bruxism are two conditions that can lead to discomfort and pain in the jaw area. If you suffer from jaw pain or TMD, you may notice symptoms such as clicking or popping when you open your mouth, difficulty chewing, and headaches. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also lead to jaw pain and can even cause tooth damage over time. While the causes of these conditions vary, stress and anxiety are common contributing factors. Treatment options range from exercises and relaxation techniques to dental appliances and even surgery in severe cases. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to speak with a dentist to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Children’s preventative dentistry

At our dental practice, we believe that prevention is key when it comes to children’s dental care. We understand that oral health habits established in childhood can have a lifelong impact, and our goal is to give young teeth the best chance at staying healthy. By emphasizing the importance of regular check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments, we can help prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues before they become more serious. We also educate parents and children on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as the importance of a balanced diet. With our focus on preventative dentistry, we strive to create a positive and comfortable experience for our youngest patients, helping to set them on the path towards a lifetime of good oral health.